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PNS Daily Newscast - April 20, 2018 


The DOJ delivers the Comey memos to Congress. Also on our rundown: More evidence that rent prices are out of reach in many markets; Wisconsin counties brace for sulfide mining; and the Earth Day focus this weekend in North Dakota is on recycling.

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Public News Service - CO: Environment

Latino Advocacy Day activists are urging Colorado lawmakers to pass House Bill 1157, which would strengthen requirements for the oil and gas industry to report accidents, spills and harmful emissions. (Getty Images)

DENVER – Some 200 people from across Colorado gathered in Denver over the weekend in preparation for the 12th annual Latino Advocacy Day Monday at the State Capitol. Hilda Nucete, program director for Protégete, funded by the Conservation Colorado, says while participants are taking ser

The mayors say repealing the Clean Power Plan would put their citizens at risk. (Pixabay)

DENVER – The Environmental Protection Agency held a "listening session" on Wednesday about its proposal to repeal the Clean Power Plan, and a broad coalition of mayors made its position clear. More than 200 mayors from around the country – including a dozen from Colorado – signed a

Low-snowfall years result in a loss of more 17,000 jobs, according to a new report. (Pixabay)

DENVER – Winter arrived late in Colorado, and resorts have struggled to make and keep enough snow to attract skiers and snowboarders and the money they bring to the state. According to a new report, warmer winters associated with a changing climate are here to stay, unless large-scale effort

Outdoor recreation supports more than 100,000 jobs and contributes more than $10 billion to Colorado's economy annually. (Pixabay)

DENVER — Conservationists, sports enthusiasts, hunters and anglers are gearing up for a battle over the Trump administration's proposed 2019 budget, which cuts the U.S. Department of Interior's funding by 17 percent. Public lands advocates also are concerned that Trump's infrastructure plan wo

Government investment helped increase China's share of worldwide solar cell and panel production from 7 percent in 2005 to 61 percent in 2012. (Pixabay)

DENVER – Nearly 10,000 jobs nationwide were lost in the solar industry in 2017, according to a new report released by The Solar Foundation. But the group's eighth annual national jobs census also found that in states where solar is still ramping up, new jobs are on the rise. Solar Foundati

Jobs could be at stake at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Boulder if President Trump can convince Congress to cut the DOE budget for programs that focus on renewables, research and energy efficiency. (NREL)

DENVER — Colorado is one of a number of states making significant progress in ramping up solar and wind energy. But clean-power advocates are warning that momentum and job growth could slow with the Trump administration's plans to cut renewable energy programs. In a draft budget obtained by

Seventy-one percent of Coloradans participate in outdoor recreation every year, making it a good fit for this week's Outdoor Retailer show. (nature.org)

DENVER — The Outdoor Retailer trade show will exhibit its merchandise in Denver this week, after moving to Colorado from Utah. The trade show declined to sign a new contract with Utah over its perceived lack of commitment to federal- and public-land preservation, saying Colorado better align

A 2018 ballot initiative gaining steam in Colorado seeks to establish larger buffer zones between oil and gas development and water sources. (Pixabay)

DENVER – Environmental groups in Colorado say they'll double down on efforts to protect the state's water supplies after the Trump administration rolled back standards for hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, on public lands. The U.S. Interior Department has reversed rules that would have requ

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